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Cascade Apricot Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,347 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 408
Gots: 305 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Brewmaster Ron Gansberg based this Apricot Ale on a Belgian Tripel, putting it through 16 months lactic fermentation and aging in French oak wine barrels. The apricots were allowed to slowly ripen before introduction into the beer; the beer then aged another four months on the fruit before bottling."

(Beer added by: ccrida on 04-18-2008)
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Ratings: 1,347 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of planbee
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

planbee, Mar 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

calivessel, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of MNishCT77
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle tasted as part of a blind Better Beer Authority (BBA) tasting, initial 2011 vintage (before the long-aging process), poured into a large snifter glass and drank over 30 minutes.

A: 3/3 - misty golden-yellow, initial frothy white head settles into a one finger glass lacing, low clarity (cannot see through), moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/12 - a really complex and intense admixture of fruit - apricot, Meyer lemon, lime - and barnyard notes, no detectable hops or malts; no detectable flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there is an intense slap of both fruit and funk; this develops into complex fruit flavors - apricot (of course), lemon, ripe pear, tangerine - admixed with tart, barnyard flavors; as the flavors develop, there was a mild malt and wheat character; more alcohol flavors; finishes very dry

M: 4/5 - high carbonation; obviously, this very complex, and, as a result, it's not easily quaffable

T: 9/10 - wow, again, having this as part of a blind BBA tasting (thanks to Richard Hartogs for the opportunity), this beer totally impressed me; I read on some other reviews that this is an accessible sour, and I totally disagree with that - it's an intensely complex amalgamation of fruit and funk that could be very off-putting to those who don't have experience with sours; my only complaint is the acid brash that I start to experience after drinking too much; in short, this is one of the best American Wild Ales, and, as part of the tasting, I compared it to Cantilllon's Fou' Founne - high praise indeed and definitely recommended!

TOTAL - 45/50

MNishCT77, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

wcu80, Mar 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

IndyDad, Mar 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

riemster, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Roger85, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

allenson21, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

iJyuken, Mar 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

Nemers, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Fireslayer, Mar 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

myersk27, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TomTown, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

EB1, Mar 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

CreativeJeenyus, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Warlocks-Passage, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Zorora, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Keananmichael5, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Hazy platinum with no head.
Apricot fruit roll-up on the nose with a touch of white vinegar.
JuicyFruit, bright orchard fruit, a touch of funk, lemon zest and a bit of chalk.
Bracing fresh fruity finish and white spice linger.
Crisp, light, no heat.

Champagne-like. White vinegar and Belgian funk hidden under fruit, but still very acidic, in a good way. Probably the most accessible sour ever.

StJamesGate, Mar 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SteeleWright, Mar 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

yeaprolly, Mar 09, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -14.3%

kmanjohnson, Mar 09, 2014
Cascade Apricot Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
97 out of 100 based on 1,347 ratings.